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Zayn Malik and One Direction celebrate chart success
One Direction’s Take Me Home has taken the Bradford singer Zayn Malik’s band to the top of the US charts.
It came only days after the band scored a double with their single Little Things and their album Take Me Home topping the UK charts.
Take Me Home has sold 540,000 in its first week in the States, according to Nielsen SoundScan – the year’s third-highest debut behind Taylor Swift's Red, which sold 1.2 million in its first week earlier this month and Mumford & Sons’ Babel, which sold more than 600,000 albums in September in its debut week.
Zayn, of East Bowling, was in the Radio 1 studios on Sunday when their single and album topped the charts.
His mother Trisha said: “All the family gathered around the radio to listen to the top 40. Everyone was skipping around the kitchen when the Zayn got to number one. We’re very, very proud of him.
Band member Harry Styles said: “We just want to say a massive thanks to all the fans who have supported us.” And fellow band member Niall Horan said: “We were a little bit nervous about how people were going to take it. Everyone gets that second album syndrome.”
But they say although they are excited, they will not be celebrating too much Niall said: “We’re finishing rehearsing soon and we're going home to bed.”
One Direction, who were third on the UK version of The X Factor in 2010, are managed by Simon Cowell.
They released a book and have a Nickelodeon show and 3D movie planned.
The group – which also includes – Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - will start a world tour in February.
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